Phase one of the program will begin immediately and center on design refinement and prototype construction, said Tim Kolb, general manager of Vigor
Ballard who spearheaded the proposal process.
With the memory of the ships' sinking still fresh in his mind, Vigors was shot down three days later.
Regrettably the manuscript was discovered and published only after Vigors death; readers would certainly have enjoyed reading more about this ace's life.
Vigors is optimistic despite prevailing economic conditions.
Sole Power springs a shock but convincing win in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and (below) Charlie Vigors
In the 20 years and almost 1,300 successes since his first winner, Fitzgerald will have been in some hairy and painful scrapes, but as his neck mends he can reflect that he never had anything like what happened to Vigors next.
For on the night of June 19, 1940, Vigors was awoken in the middle of an admittedly well-wined slumber at his base at Kirsty, in Lincolnshire.
Harry Herbert, who succeeded Vigors
as Cartier's racing consultant, said: "Tim was so proud to have started the Cartier Awards and seen them grow and develop.
It will be all downhill from now on," smiled winning rider Ray Cochrane, and the filly's trainer Pip Payne cautioned Vigors
on the dangers of thinking the whole thing is easy.
, 26, whose CV also includes a five-year spell as an assistant to Nicky Henderson, heads for California in the next two weeks.
, the brother of bloodstock agent Tim Vigors
established 247-acre Burgage Stud in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, in 1946 and stood the stallions Golestan, Nicolaus, Black Tarquin, Rapace, Our Babu and Sovereign Path until disbanding the business following the last-named's death in 1977.